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Michael Turberville of campaign has announced that the UKBA will soon drop its fees for children of British mothers born before 1983 for registration. This is very welcome and good news as we have been campaigning for this change in order for this group to be treated equally. There still remains the question of children of British Fathers who were not wed and who were born before 2006 and we must not give up support for this group either not changes to the law over British citizenship by descent.
Here is the link to the letter sent to Michael of Campaign

Letter From UKBA Director of North West Region

British Nationality Act 1981 section 4C discrimination against children born abroad to British mothers

Children born abroad to British mothers did not automatically acquire their mother’s British nationality until 1983. The government only recognised this injustice in February 1979, promising to legislate to abolish it but in the meantime giving British-born women the right to register their minor children born abroad as British Citizens. In the past before 2010 children who are older ie born before 1961 have the right of abode if born in a commonwealth country and many live in the UK. Some refused the path of naturalisation out of protest that they were required to take a "life in the UK test" and "test of English" as its a bit Ridiculous to suppose children of English speaking mothers would be raised speaking some other foreign language other then English. Most of these persons who live in the UK are tax payers and are very integrated in British society through blood and family ties not only through their mothers but also established by themselves. Their children and indeed grand children are all British.

In the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 limited steps were taken to address this, but these provide a means to remedy the situation by registration under what is now s.4C of the British Nationality Act 1981 only for those born on or after 7 February 1961. As a result, sibling groups may be divided. In 2006, a good character test was introduced for many categories of registration, including for children over 10 (see section 58 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, amending the British Nationality Act 1981). The original proposal was that all children, including babies under 12 months old, should be subject to the good character test. Further concerns are caused by its having been imported into nationality law, where it breaks down the distinction between registration by discretion and registration by entitlement.It thus imposes a very harsh sanction, that of inability to become British where otherwise one would have had the right to do so, on those to whom the UK has special obligations and to children. The good character test should not apply in cases where, prior to 2006, people registered by entitlement. It was forced in for anti-terror legislation purposes and somehow made out that children born abroad to British females  would be less loyal then children born to British fathers.

The 2009 Act brought in minor changes to section 4C whereby older children were allowed to also register, but changes brought about due to anti-terror legislation affected them and they are subject to a registration fee and good character checks imposed despite their blood and family ties with the UK and the fact that many of these persons can already live in the UK by virtue of their right of abode status.

This discrimination on the basis of age and gender should be stopped by making a amendments to existing laws and not subject these persons who have close blood and family ties to the UK to undergo this separate and expensive and drawn out process and treatment regardless of whether they can pay such fees or not

One thing is clear : registration involving a good character test and/or fees, and/or bureaucratic hurdles is not registration by entitlement. In addition high fees have been introduced to discourage registration. These high fees are designed to put off from applying for registration. Registration by entitlement, giving rise to a choate right to nationality, not an inchoate right that depends upon negotiating a good character test, paying fees, and satisfying complex bureaucratic procedures, is the appropriate route those deprived of their rights as nationals without their consent and fundamental to recognising nationality as a matter separate from immigration status. Consideration could usefully be given to creating a single status for British nationals who do not wish to register as British citizens, so that they can continue to enjoy the limited rights (of consular protection) to which their historic connection with the UK has entitled them.

Allow illegitimate children citizenship through their British fathers

Currently, only British mothers and married British fathers are able to pass on their citizenship, by descent, to their children. The one and only group left out of their birthright are children born before 1 July 2006 to unmarried British fathers.
There is a registration system put in place for fathers to register their minor children for UK citizenship. However, it is being misused by immigration officers. There are numerous news stories about children shut out of British citizenship because an immigration officer refused to register an illegitimate child's birth. Once that child reaches the age of 18, they are exempt from the opportunity to acquire British citizenship.
No other group of children have a cut-off date attached to their births for nationality purposes. Only illegitimate children have such unfair rules applied to them by the British government. Every other child born to at least one British parent can apply for citizenship at any time in their life.
Both the Nationality, Immigration, & Asylum Act and the Borders, Citizenship, & Immigration Bill sought to remove this inequality completely. However, each time it was removed, continuing to shut out children born to unmarried British fathers, while giving British mothers the right to pass on their nationality to their children, regardless of birth status. It was last year, during the Borders Bill, when the then Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas, stated that giving illegitimate children any rights would be a "step into the unknown". Another MP told a "who's your daddy" joke.
This behavior towards illegitimate children is unacceptable and goes against both the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights. The British government must find a way to offer some path to citizenship for the very last group it has admitted to discriminating against -- illegitimate children born before 1 July 2006 to British fathers.

Age Discrimination

In nearly every instance we see that there has been a concentrated policy to discriminate persons based on their age. All three issues can simply be removed if legislation is brought in to amend existing legislations in order to remove any ageist barriers towards the children and grand children of British citizens. In all of the instances these people have more closer connections to the UK then have citizens from else where including the European union and yet they are treated like they are "immigrants" and are not treated equally even with their own siblings who may either be born here or be younger in years and are considered automatically British citizens unlike their older siblings.

Children born abroad to British parents

A child will have an entitlement to be registered under section 3(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981 if:
they were born outside the United Kingdom; orthey were born after 21 May 2002 outside any of the British overseas territories; andthey were born to parents, one or both of whom are British citizens by descent; andthe parent who is British by descent was born to a parent (the child's grandparent) who was a British citizen otherwise than by descent (or would have been but for their death); andthe parent who is British by descent lived in the United Kingdom at any time before the child's birth for a continuous period of three years*; andduring the period they were living in the United Kingdom the parent was not absent for more than 270 days; andthe application is made before the child's 18th birthday. * The requirement for the parent to have lived in the United Kingdom for a three year period does not apply if the child was born stateless.
A child registered as a British citizen under this section will become a British citizen by descent. They will be unable to pass British citizenship on automatically to any of their children born outside the United Kingdom.

A child registered under section 3(5) of the British Nationality Act 1981 will become a British citizen otherwise than by descent and will be able to pass British citizenship on automatically to any of their children born outside the United Kingdom. If there is a possibility the child may return to live in the United Kingdom before they reach the age of 15, you should consider whether it would be in their best interests to apply under section 3(5) at a later date.